New England tried to put an end to their win-less streak against Orlando but failed to do so in the process. They will now have a great chance to return to winning ways when they will play host to Philadelphia Union on Saturday. Philadelphia played a really strong match mid-week in the US Open Cup and might be tired here.
Date/Time: 8-11-2018, 19:30 EDT
Spread: New England Revolution -0.5
Total: 3 Goals
New England Revolution (7-7-8) will surely be feeling frustrated about the outcome of their last match. They managed to take an early two-goal lead on the road against Orlando City, but they ended up splitting the points. They were up by 3-2 until the stoppage time, when their opponents pulled even for the final 3-3. That means that New England are now win-less in their last five matches (0-3-2). They are still sitting at the 6th spot of the Eastern Conference with 29 points, just two ahead of Philadelphia. New England have been pretty solid at home sofar (6-3-3), where they have lost just one of their last five (2-1-2).
On the other hand, Philadelphia Union (8-11-3) were dominant in the semi-finals of the US Open Cup mid-week. They hosted a struggling Chicago Fire side, and quickly took the leading role in the match. After a goal-less first half, Philadelphia scored three goals to evnetually move to the final. Last week in the MLS they suffered a tough 0-3 loss on the road against Portland though. Philadelphia are now sitting at the 7th spot of the Eastern Conference with 27 points, two behind the playoffs. They have not been very good on the road so far (3-7-1), where they have scored just 11 goals.
The two teams met very early in the season, where Philadelphia won by an easy 0-2 at home. They have been great in this match-up lately, losing just one of the last seven (4-1-2). Moreover, they have been excellent in this venue over the years (4-3-3).
New England were really close to returning to winning ways last week, and will surely put on the extra work. Philadelphia used mostly starters against Chicago mid-week and will surely have fatigue issues. I will back the home team to cover the spread here.
MLS New England vs Philadelphia Union Prediction: New England -0.5 (-115)
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